Our economy is growing quickly, but can we sustain the momentum?
Lawrence Conway explains how South Lakeland DC is making the most of its booming economy
Lessons for local government in the wake of Carillion
Andy Burns offers some advice for the sector following the collapse of the outsourcing giant.
Why we are taking a proactive approach to development
Swindon BC’s proactive approach to development is helping to create a sense of place in the town, according to Cllr David Renard
Restricting out of borough investments will increase risk
The Government is concerned that local government could become over-reliant on commercial income and consequent market changes may threaten local authorities’ abilities to deliver core services. Tony Clements looks at how Newham LBC is pursuing the opportunities
We're not waiting for Government to say 'yes'
Despite Brexit and austerity, Core City leaders are pushing ahead with developments to benefit urban economies, Judith Blake says.
Lord Kerslake: Let's reignite the possibilities of localism
Localism is a marathon, not a sprint, writes Lord Kerslake. Quick fixes through legislation will not be enough.
LEP moves to become 'most transparent' in England
A local enterprise partnership (LEP) that had funding restrictions slapped on it by the Government has approved transparency measures that go beyond national guidance.
Changing 5,000 lives
Despite being home to the Shard, Borough Market and the Tate Modern, Southwark LBC is still battling to address the impact of lesser-seen pockets of deprivation. Cllr Johnson Situ explains.
MPs: Align immigration with needs of local economies
Councils should be placed at the heart of plans to align immigration with the needs of local economies, but must do more to help new arrivals integrate, MPs have reported.
New construction framework to measure social value
A new £1.1bn regional construction framework will measure social value as standard.
What works well in local government
Every chief executive is familiar with problems, challenges and failures – but what about successes? Michael Burton reports on a recent round table debate which looked at the positives in the sector.
Breaking free: Local areas need to embrace a new local economics
Batting back some recent criticisms of local wealth building, Neil McInroy and Matthew Jackson argue councils should advance agenda if they are to help create a more socially just economy.
Include councils in Brexit negotiations, panel tells select committee
A panel of local government experts have stressed the importance of including councils in Brexit negotiations to the communities select committee.
Government response to integration report too slow
Dame Louise Casey, who conducted the Government’s inquiries into integration and child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, said too little has been done in the year since the publication of her report on integration.
The council of 2025: how emerging tech will transform local government
John Wybrant examines how emerging technology will advance over the next seven years and argues local authorities must start to prepare now if they’re going to deliver exceptional services to citizens in the future.
Making sense of the Industrial Strategy
Tom Stannard digests the Industrial Strategy white paper and outlines what it all means for local government.
Prince Harry and the Industrial Strategy
Prince Harry is a firm favourite at MJ Towers.
Three reasons why the Industrial Strategy is shortsighted
Jessica Studdert says the message to local government in today's Industrial Strategy white paper is clear: we might devolve, just not to you.
Industrial Strategy snubs councils
Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) as the drivers of future local growth in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.
Don't ignore towns, chief executive warns cities
Nottingham and Derby city councils’ plan to unleash £11bn by closer collaboration will not work without tapping into the economic potential of other towns in the region, the outgoing chief executive of Newark and Sherwood DC has said.